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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Are You Weary Of "Cheap Grace" and Ready to Mature in Christ ? 2 Peter 1:3-15

Are you weary of the “cheap grace” so prevalent in modern Christianity? Do you want to grow in the Lord? Do you want to run your race instead of sitting on the couch (1 Corinthians 9:24)?

Second Peter 1:3-15 explains that God doesn’t give us maturity, but He gives us all we need to achieve it. 

Knowing what Christ has done for us (Romans 12:1-2), and knowing our spiritual growth will transfer into eternity (1 Timothy 4:8), we’re motivated to get serious about our growth (Philippians 2:12-13).  

So what can we glean from 2 Peter 1:3-15? 

The source of maturity: God’s divine power 
The recipients: Believers (faith in Christ is the prerequisite) 
The promise: Everything we need for life and godliness 
The way to access the promise: Knowledge of Jesus 

Our maturity increases as our knowledge of Jesus increases (verse3,8). 

How can you increase your knowledge of Jesus this year? Take time to plan for it.
For a definition of “cheap grace” click HERE 
Check out the links in the devotion - they are linked to Scripture or devotions.

Bible Study 

Things We Should Add to Our Faith, Christian maturity
1. Make an outline of the passage, highlighting key points. List your responsibilities in maturity. 

1 Peter 1:3-15: His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature,having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. 

10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. 

2. How do the following verses echo the passage above? 

Philippians 2:12-13: Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

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